Videos of Sappho poetry readings

Videos now available on YouTube  of the poetry readings at the unveiling of the Sappho statue:

‘Hours’ videoverse from John Gohorry

I’ve just uploaded a videoverse called ‘Hours’ to YouTube – it has arisen out of the workshop which I led a fortnight ago. The synthesis is sparing as regards both sound and imagery in the hope of suggesting the remorseless and impersonal march of time, inside the frame of which various activities (of mine) are captured.  I originally posted a link, but for ease of access I’ve now embedded it below.

A new John Gohorry Videoverse on YouTube

My latest upload is a short celebration set in Swarthbeck Gill, on Ullswater, which I’ve been visiting for the past few years. The foot of Swarthbeck Gill features briefly, but vividly, in the film ‘Withnail and I’. You can access my poem at or follow the link on my website.

A further John Gohorry Videoverse on YouTube

This videopoem has been waiting several months for me to get the right didj background for the text. Back in 1984 I wrote a poem called ‘A Phrenologist’s Head’ (it’s in ‘A Voyage Round the Moon’), playing with the way in which, on the standard 19th century phrenologist’s head, very precise locations are given for various mental activities (affection, curiosity, language skill, etc). This poem is an attempt to recreate the associative flux of imaginative activity, with the didj suggesting (maybe) the buzz of electrical currents (brain waves), and the non linear appearance, absorption, and disappearance of the phrases that create and dismantle the poem almost obliterating the imagining head at the point where the poem is complete. You can find it at

New John Gohorry Videopoem on YouTube

I’ve made a short (72 seconds) videopoem set in the gardens of Marqueyssac, and uploaded it just now on YouTube. It sets the formal control of trimmed box hedges against elements (stone heads, white doves) chafing against it, with the poet mediating between them….You can watch it at (I have made a few small changes since making my original post a couple of days ago, so this is the URL for the updated version, which is four seconds longer).

John Gohorry on YouTube

I’ve been carrying out some multimedia experiments in recent years with various combinations of verse, sounds, and visual imagery. The necessary tools are an ordinary digital camera and two readily available programs – Windows Movie Maker, which came as standard on my laptop, and Audacity, which is a free download. My YouTube link, which is also tied into my website, is at I hope you enjoy your visit.